Concert Band Tour Performance at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church & School

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:45am
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church & School, 1441 W. 4630 S., Taylorsville, UT

The Bethany Lutheran College Concert Band, under the direction of Prof. Benjamin Faugstad, is set to perform an exciting array of music. Three tunes are energy-packed: “The Wind Racers” by Jeremy Bell, “Undecim” by Randall Standridge, and “Tribal Quest” by Sean O’Loughlin. Three other selections are expressive and lyrical: “Hymn for a Child” arranged by James Swearingen, “Afterlife” by Rossano Galante, and “Benediction” by John Stevens. We will then round out the concert with a couple of well-known tunes: “Jump in the Line”, made popular by Harry Belafonte, and John Williams’ classic, “Jurassic Park”. Feel free to preview these tunes by searching title and composer on YouTube, and we look forward to seeing you at the concert!

Benjamin Faugstad is in his eighth year of teaching music, with this as his first year at Bethany Lutheran College. He directs the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Drumline, Pep Band, Percussion Ensemble and co-directs the Chamber Orchestra with Alyssa Inniger. In addition to ensemble instruction, he also teaches “Introduction to Conducting”, “Instrumental Conducting”, and several individual conducting and percussion lessons. He was born in Albert Lea, MN, and grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota. He attended the Scarville Lutheran School, then Alden-Conger High School, followed by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Religious Studies Minor from Bethany Lutheran College. In 2007, Faugstad served as the sabbatical replacement concert band director for Adrian Lo at BLC. After earning his licensure degree at Minnesota State University, Mankato and nearly completing his Master of Arts in Teaching Degree, he taught all instrumental ensembles at Lake Mills Community School from 2010-2017. He is currently set to complete a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning Degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato this summer. Over the years, Faugstad has arranged a number of selections for concert band, pep band, percussion ensemble, drumline, and piano, with several works published with Veritas Musica Publishing. His most recent composition was an arrangement of “Silent Night”, “O Holy Night”, and “Abide with Me”, titled “Night”, which debuted at Christmas at Bethany this last December. Faugstad currently lives just outside of Mankato with his lovely wife, Ashley, two beautiful daughters, Noelle (7) and Julia (6), and two handsome sons, Gideon (4) and Solomon (2).